The first South African rental company to invest in Kinesys automation is MGG,
based in Linbropark, Johannesburg. MGG was founded by Mark Gaylard in early
1998, and has grown into one of the leading production solutions facilities in the
country.

MGG has always been a proactive investor in innovative premium brands and
technologies, a strategy that’s kept them at the forefront of the busy South African
entertainment production industry, and that was also a driver in the Kinesys
purchase, which comprises 16 x LibraCELL load monitoring shackles and a fully
specified D8+ 8-way DigiHoist controller, supplied via Electrosonic, the exclusive
Kinesys re-seller in South Africa.

Herman Mentz, head of rigging & structures at MGG explained that Kinesys motion
control is a new concept for the South African market and something they had been
considering for a while … to ensure that the best safety standards can be applied
and maintained for shows utilising automation.

They met Kinesys’ founder and MD Dave Weatherhead on a visit to SA, and shortly
after this, the order was placed for the first 8 x LibraCELL load measuring shackles
and the DigiHoist controller. These went straight out on a corporate event at the
Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

The MGG Team was immediately impressed with the system, its stability and ease
of use, plus the ability and insight it gave into exactly what was going on in the roof
with the trussing, motors and weight distribution.

At the end of 2015, the system was in action again for the high profile Afrikaans Is
Groot event, a 7-day music festival staged in Moreleta Church, Pretoria, and this is
where they really started seeing and appreciating all the benefits.

Movement was an integral part of the exciting lighting and visual design created by
Josh Cutts and Chris Bolton. Four moving trusses were flown on eight 1 tonne
ProLyft motors – all monitored by LibraCELLs – on a 6-legged ground support
structure that also had two flown points.

Mentz likes the logicality of Kinesys’ renowned Vector software which is integral to
the DigiHoist package. “I can tell each motor exactly which position to go to just
when I want it to … and you can get them returning to precisely the same positions
time and again’ he comments, which was crucial on a show like “Afrikaans is Groot’
where a DVD was being filmed over the 14 shows, making continuity essential.

The LibraCELLs were such a big success for MGG that they purchased another eight
with a LibraBASIC system and LibraVIEW software which allows data from (up to
25) LibraCELLs to be viewed and logged on a laptop.

This gives them two Kinesys based load monitoring systems which are needed for
the busy periods.